CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jeff Gordon will depart the Fox Sports activities sales space to take a every day function at Hendrick Motorsports as vice chairman and the second-ranking workforce official to majority proprietor Rick Hendrick.
Wednesday’s announcement positions the four-time champion and Corridor of Famer to at some point succeed the 71-year-old Hendrick on the prime of NASCAR’s winningest group.
Gordon will formally start the chief administration function at the beginning of 2022.
“Jeff and I’ve talked about this for a few years and I really feel it’s a pure evolution for him and our firm,” Hendrick mentioned. “He understands our tradition, our values, and the significance we place on our folks and our partnerships. I couldn’t be extra energized about working arm-in-arm with him and cementing the way forward for Hendrick Motorsports collectively.”
Gordon joined Hendrick Motorsports for the ultimate Cup race of the 1992 season and launched one of many biggest careers in NASCAR historical past. He received 93 races — third on the all-time checklist — and 4 Cup titles earlier than retiring in 2015.
He joined the Fox Sports activities sales space the subsequent yr however maintained an energetic function with the workforce as Hendrick’s solely companion within the 13-time championship group. Gordon grew to become an fairness proprietor at Hendrick in 1999 and was listed as co-owner of the No. 48 automotive when it was created in 2001 for seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.
“I can’t put into phrases what Hendrick Motorsports means to me,” Gordon mentioned. “It’s my residence and the folks listed here are my household. I’ve by no means misplaced my ardour for the group, for our sport, and for the sheer problem of racing and profitable on the highest degree.”
Gordon was additionally energetic in bringing Kyle Larson into the Hendrick group this yr following Larson’s virtually season-long NASCAR suspension for uttering a racial slur throughout a digital race. Larson has been to victory lane in 4 consecutive Cup races and leads the Cup Sequence with 4 factors wins. Hendrick drivers have received six consecutive races relationship to the Might 16 victory at Dover by Alex Bowman, who took over the No. 48 this season following Johnson’s transfer to IndyCar.
“I’ve all the time been impressed together with his enterprise instincts. On some degree, he’s been concerned in each main determination we’ve made over the past twenty years, and his affect has continued to develop since he stopped driving,” Hendrick, who can also be CEO of Hendrick Automotive Group, mentioned of Gordon.
As vice chairman and co-owner, Gordon will work every day with the workforce, specializing in the group’s competitors and advertising teams. He’ll report back to Rick Hendrick and work alongside president Marshall Carlson and common supervisor Jeff Andrews.
Gordon will even be a part of Hendrick on NASCAR’s workforce proprietor council and assume Hendrick Motorsports’ seat on the sanctioning physique’s range, fairness and inclusion committee.
“Being a part of the competitors is the place I’m happiest and really feel I could make the largest contribution to the continued, long-term success of the workforce,” Gordon mentioned. “Rick and I’ve a shared imaginative and prescient, which is predicated on the values he’s instilled, the tradition he’s constructed and our need to be the easiest in all classes, on and off the monitor.”
Hendrick Motorsports turns into the primary workforce in NASCAR to publicize its long-term succession plan. The possession group of the highest Cup groups shouldn’t be younger: Roger Penske is 84, Joe Gibbs is 80, Jack Roush is 79 and Richard Childress is 75.
Hendrick turns 72 in July; Gordon turns 50 in August.
“I really like racing and competing, and Jeff is the one individual I do know who hates to lose as a lot as I do,” Hendrick mentioned. “I really feel nice bodily and don’t have any plans to go anyplace anytime quickly, which is strictly why it’s the appropriate time.”
Hendrick final month handed Petty Enterprises because the winningest workforce in NASCAR historical past when Larson scored the 269th Cup victory for HMS. He is since received two extra factors races to push the overall to 271 victories.
Gordon will proceed to work as a Fox broadcaster by the top of the yr.
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